Beauty pageants are back in fashion and so is the debate whether these pageants are good for young women.

10Jun10

What encourages young women to want to parade down a catwalk in front of hundred of people, if they are not a model and not thinking about modeling as a career?

Many of them want to opportunity to learn about grooming and deportment and thrive on the experience.   These many seem like good PR words, but I know it is true.   As a regular judge for Miss Auckland competitions I was always impressed how the process of the competition helped these women gain confidence – they blossomed over the months leading up to the finale.   Nobody pushes them into the competition, they are all there because they want the experience and they are far from flighty beauties, they are intelligent women with drive, ambition and a desire to make the most of themselves and win.  These women are no drop outs, they are focused on their fitness, appearance and career.

This year’s winner is not exception  … Ria van Dyke was crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2010 at Queen’s Birthday weekend.

The 21-year-old has a BA (Hons.) degree with distinction in psychology and sociology. She will now represent New Zealand at Miss Universe in Las Vegas, Nevada in August.   Good on her for following her dream of academic excellence and beauty.



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